My parent's have always been supportive when it comes to my many design itch(es) over the years, this project was no different. My mom and I had been talking about ways to better utilize their two spare bedrooms. One is a guest room where Francie usually sleeps the other where Dan and I stay is primarily used for storage. She wanted to turn the space into her office but this meant coming up with some storage solutions for the space.
After an inventory of their garage, I stumbled upon three utilitarian metal shelves that were being underutilized. I combined the contents of two of the shelves and we had ourselves my mom's office storage solution.
A few weeks back I saw these Brass-Plated Industrial Shelves on Jenny Komeda's website Little Green Notebook and thought how perfect they would be for my mom's office. While I can't use brass plating there was a much quicker and less expensive solution.
So after some light dusting of cobwebs...shiny gold spray paint (requiring just two cans) applied over the course of one day we had ourselves some faux Brass-Plated Industrial Shelving (and another design itch scratched). We left the MDF shelves as is, they blend in nicely.
The shelves helped us solve one of my mom's biggest organization challenges with the space, what to do with all of her and my dad's photos?! They had about eight shoe boxes and a couple storage bins filled with loose photos and about 20 photo albums. To give her loose photos a more design friendly home I picked up some black photo boxes from Hobby Lobby, you can't go wrong with some uniformity and repetition.
After some reminiscing and condensing we managed to squeeze their entire photo collection on to just two shelves. This left room for her collection of Martha's (a.k.a Martha Stewart Living) and Elle Decors as well as various text books, decorating, and photography books that needed a home.
This also gave us a chance to put to good use to the various accessories my mom has collected over the years but didn't have on display. Some of my favorites included a water color and sketch of horses by my grandpa.
An old pulley we used as a book end.
A geode on a carved wood base.
A brightly painted wood carved fish, and a large print of the famous racing horse Man of War.
Of course it doesn't matter if we're in North Carolina or Illinois none of my projects' is complete without some photo-bombing by Frances.
Sometimes it just takes some fresh eyes to help re-imagine a space and its many organization and design opportunities (that's what us interior designers/daughters are here for). I'll be spending the month of August in Illinois and look forward to sharing more updates to the office then (no pressure Mom).